One of the more controversial issues related to shale gas development in Pennsylvania is statutory or “forced” pooling. As an attorney working for landowners and an active member of the National Association of Royalty Owners, it’s an issue that’s been on my radar and it has been discussed previously on this blog here.
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, Martine Ouellet, the Québec Minister of Natural Resources, tabled Bill no. 70 entitled An Act to amend the Mining Act.
Industry Groups Petition D.C. Circuit for Review of Revisions to Air Pollution Standards for Oil & Gas Production Sources
On November 22, industry groups filed in the D.C. Circuit five petitions for review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final amendments to new source performance standards (NSPS) governing the oil and natural gas production sector.
You won’t get what you don’t ask for. That’s a given. But so is, You can’t always get what you want. That’s the end of most lawsuits for one side or the other.
It appears that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) will very likely face multiple legal challenges to its long-delayed issuance of a final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“SGEIS”) for the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”) regulatory program. Lawyers representing the Bankruptcy Trustee of Norse Energy Corp.
On December 3, 2013, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (“COGA”) filed suits challenging citizen-passed initiatives that ban oil and gas activities in the cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette.
MISO, Entergy, SPP and the Battle Over Transmission Lines — U.S. Court of Appeals Remands Back to FERC
In 2011, Entergy announced it would be joining the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (“MISO”). Entergy’s transmission lines are currently connected to both MISO and Southwest Power Pool’s (“SPP”) networks. In order to fully absorb Entergy’s electricity — which is based in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas — MISO proposed transferring some of the electricity over SPP’s lines.
On July 13, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency promulgated a rule requiring new and revised data elements for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Tier I and Tier II inventory reports. The changes required by this rule become effective on Jan. 1, 2014, and apply to Tier I and Tier II inventory reports submitted after that date.
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you the first volume of our Federal Legislative Roundup, including updates on three pieces of legislation currently under consideration in the House: “The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act,” “The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act,” and “The North American Energy Infrastructure Act.”
A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule (FERC Order No. 792) released last week allowing energy storage projects to connect with the electric grid will boost the energy storage industry’s presence as a backup power source easing concerns over the intermittent nature of renewable energy, experts say.